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Oil Pulling

on October 29, 2015

I have a love hate relationship with my dentist. She’s great and we have lovely chats and she only does work that is needed but at the same time in the past five years she’s given me a root canal, removed two wisdom teeth and generally tells me to floss more. I have an issue with plaque build up on the back of my front teeth and it’s something that she normally deals with a scale and polish every three months. I missed the last one as I was away so it’s been about 8 months since I last saw her. As a result my plaque is much worst than it has been historically and actually I’ve got a few issues with my gums too.

I was very surprised that as a suggestion for addressing this she’s recommended that for the next six weeks I try a combination of oil pulling with coconut oil and a tea tree toothpaste. She’s stressed that this isn’t based on current scientific evidence as being the most effective method of treatment but in her experience it works for some people. Also it’s to be done in conjunction with brushing my teeth and flossing as usual, all be it with an tea tree toothpaste. The other option is using a type of antibacterial and anti plaque paste that can dye your teeth slightly brown so I’m willing to try it for six weeks to see if it helps.

Oil pulling is a traditional ayurvedic way of cleaning the teeth and is meant to help pull the toxins from the body. I’m not convinced that it’s going to help me get rid of toxins in the body other than those in the mouth but I’m willing to try. I’ve ordered both tea tree toothpaste and a jar of coconut oil online today and they should be here at the weekend for me to try it. I find it amusing that my dentist who doesn’t know that I do yoga has recommended something from ayurvedic medicine. I’ll let you know how I get on in the next couple of weeks and what my dentist says about how my gums are in about 6 weeks.

One response to “Oil Pulling

  1. […] at the recommendation of my dentist I am currently trying oil pulling to help with some gum issues that I have. I ordered coconut oil […]


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